Fiber Mixology: An Exercise in Good and Bad Taste

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Spinner’s Mantra #2: Just because I like these colors individually does not mean I should ply them together.

I should have this tattooed to the underside of my right arm, so that I am forced to read it every time I sit down to ply.

I’ve been going through my stash of spun singles trying to get inspired. I’m running out of plastic storage bobbins, which means it’s time to ply something. Here’s what I’ve got.

Sorry this is a little fuzzy. Every time I tried to take this photo, my cat would hop up onto the table and under my lens.

Sorry this is a little fuzzy. Every time I tried to take this photo, my cat would hop up onto the table and under my lens.

It’s a real mix.

From top left to right:

  • Scrap singles, less than 1 oz each: Green Polwarth, black llama/wool, and silver Romney/Perendale.
  • Silver Falkland merino (about 1 oz)
  • Blue BFL/silk (4 oz)
  • Blue Falkland merino (looks like less than 4  oz)
  • Orange merino (4 oz)

From bottom left to right:

  • Leftover Silver Romney/Perendale in two different shades
  • Green multi Judith McKenzie batt, about 1.3 oz per bobbin
  • Blue multi Judith McKenzie batt, about 1.3 oz per bobbin
  • Gray Cormo, about 1.3 oz per bobbin

Gack, what do I do with all of this?

Not this:

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Not a good color combination at all!

And not this:

This makes my eyes bleed.

This makes my eyes bleed.

I could do the tame thing and ply all my like singles together with no contrast. They’d still be pretty…

singles 2

And then I can do something pretty with stripes…

Here are some other fun stripe possibilities.

Here are some other fun stripe possibilities.

Pretty green and gray

But I still find it more of a challenge to find  colors I can ply together.  Instead of looking for contrast, how about similarity. What do you think of this?

singles 5

9 thoughts on “Fiber Mixology: An Exercise in Good and Bad Taste

  1. I think this is really interesting. I agree that contrasting colors are nice, but sometimes it’s nice to blend based on similarity – it makes the best of both ‘pop’ instead of accenting the sharp difference. Also I laughed at your cat jumping up – this seems to be the knitter plague… a mischievous cat.

    • caityrosey

      I agree. I’m never very happy when plying contrasting colors like these. They never look as good together as they did side by side.

  2. eleanor cavin

    As a new spinner, I am faced with the same problem. My problems are worse. As I make a wee bit of progress, the singles are themselves very different.

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